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A 33-year-old member asked:

why do i bite down on teeth while sleeping?

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Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Sleep Medicine 13 years experience
Bruxism: You may be referring to bruxism during sleep, which is excessive grinding of the teeth ; clenching of the jaw leading to erosion of the dentition. It can be caused by many factors including but not limited to stress, emotional disturbances, certain sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, anxiety, ; even certain medications. It may be a good idea to consult a sleep specialist ; a dentist.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What causes you to clinch yor teeth while sleeping?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Bruxism: Clenching or griiding of teeth during sleep is called bruxism. It is actually a clenching of the jaw muscles. It can cause abnormal wear of the teeth, and a dentist can make an oral device to separate the upper and lower teeth during sleep.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What do you do when your bf grinds their teeth while sleeping?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Get them to dentist: Get your bf to go to a dentist. There are many reasons why people grind them teeth. Failure to take action can result in tooth fracture, root canals and crowns or extractions. Also probably 50% of individuals have sleep apnea which can shorten your life or kill you.
A 35-year-old male asked:

What happen if someone don't brush his teeth after dinner and go to sleep?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Cavities can develop: Cavities can develop overnight as the sugars and acids in your mouth are left, without the aid of brushing and flossing your teeth. Once you develop the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed, you will enjoy good dental and gum health. A beautiful fresh, clean white smile is something most patients want. You can have one!
A 41-year-old member asked:

What makes people clench their teeth when they are sleeping?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Usually.......: It is a subconscious release of tension. If you clench, try to relax prior to going to sleep, nothing stressful, do not watch tv , no computer, no newscast. See your dentist, you may benefit from a custom made mouth guard.
A 47-year-old member asked:

My dad grinds his teeth in his sleep its a horrible sound. What does this mean?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
He's grinding...: ... And he needs to protect his teeth from excessive wear and tear. He may not realize he is doing this. Suggest that he sees a dentist who can evaluate him for a bruxism appliance.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
If he snores also he should be evaluated for sleep apnea by a sleep specialist.
Aug 7, 2013

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